Computer Literacy Program
The inability to access computers and internet is adding to the marginalization in addition to traditional factors like poverty. To address this issue, IDEA started Digital Literacy under Govt. of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM) centres at those locations where we already have a presence. IDEA’s NDLM centres is for anyone between the ages of 14 to 60 who want to learn Computer basics. Here we introduce them to the world of computers where basic applications like MS Word, MS Excel, MS Paint etc. are taught.
Then they are introduced to Internet basics like how to Google for information, how to e-mail etc. Then depending on the demand of the class, online banking, e-shopping and video-calling is demonstrated. Personal attention and ample practice time are the hallmarks of this course. In 2017-2018, 472 participants successfully completed the NDLM course and received their certificates.
In today’s age Computers is the way forward. It creates a level playing field like no other. After completing the course, students are easily applying for college admissions online and Google has made information available at their fingertips. Older people are finding online payments a huge help and knowing how to use MS Word and Excel is fulfilling job requirements for many. IDEA’s Digital literacy centres are truly bridging the gap between the privileged and the underprivileged as Digital literacy especially the internet is a great equalizer and this knowledge is an absolute must to get ahead in today’s world.